Tribunal Hearing - in brief the procedure
- The Claim will be issued often referred to as an ET1.
- Then it will be sent to the employer (Respondent) who will have 28 days to reply.
- The Employer's reply is an ET3.
- The ET3 once processed by the Tribunal will be sent to the Claimant.
- The tribunal will make a Case Management Order. This is a set of instructions to the parties which must be complied with over a defined period of time. The parties will have to exchange their list of documents, the Claimant will file a schedule of loss, witness statements will have to be filed etc.
- The case will then be progressed to a hearing and the tribunal will make a determination.
- The date, time and place of the hearing will be provided by the tribunal.
- Hearings these days are conducted by a tribunal judge sitting alone however if the matter is complex, such as a discrimination case, then a judge and an employer representative as well as an employee representative will sit to determine the matter.
- Should a party fail to attend a judge may decide the case even though a party is absent.
- Once a judgement has be made and provided to both parties; if the Claimant loses and wishes to appeal, this must be done within 42 days from the date of judgement. The time limits are set strict and must be adhered to by the parties.
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